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Last week on Planet Waves FM, we featured an interview with Peter von Stackelberg (player above), who in the late 1970s was busy covering grain futures for the Regina, Saskatchewan Leader-Post. He heard that there were some pesticides that may have had their registration pulled, and he looked into it.
As a result of that one decision, he broke open one of the strangest, most far-reaching scandals in scientific history — though today few people have heard of it. It involved a total regulatory failure of the FDA and EPA approval process for agricultural chemicals, food and cosmetic additives, industrial chemicals and many others.
The bottom line was that none of the thousands of products on the market — most of them industrial toxins — had valid safety testing, and worse, their fraudulent studies were accepted by the FDA and the EPA. Nearly all of these chemicals are still on the market today, in your food, your soap, your makeup, your car’s interior, your pet products and everything else that produced anywhere but someone’s kitchen.
Faced with the total failure of its safety regulation process, EPA and FDA officials did not act to protect the public. Rather, as they say by their own actions, they joined the marketing departments of companies like Dow Chemical and Monsanto.
As a result, four executives of a company called IBT Labs where charged with fraud by federal prosecutors, and three were convicted (one seemed to have a heart attack during the trial). You can read my summary of those events issue here, co-written with Peter, when we published the resulting document trove. This is one of the great editions of Planet Waves.